Crafters and Inventors Meet at Got Craft? Spring Edition

Got Craft? brings together crafters and shoppers who celebrate handmade and D.I.Y. culture. Founded in 2007, Got Craft? is held in the spring and winter, and features 80 handmade designers, craft workshops, tasty treats, music, swag bags, and boasts an average attendance of 5700 people.

Featured at the show was the Vancouver branch of Maker Faire. Maker Fair and Hackspace are a community of inventors and creators who share their resourcefulness, building on the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.

The MakerMobile team was at Got Craft? to raise money for their latest project, the Workshop on Wheels. The inventor, Farrell Segall, took us outside to show us his big yellow truck which he has converted into a rolling workshop space for aspiring Maker children.

After having this truck for several years, Farrell had an idea for a rolling classroom.  He built 10 folding desks where kids can sit at tables or drafting benches and learn how to create projects.  An instructor space was built near the cab of the truck, and under the desks are benches where kids can store tools and craft supplies.

Farrell is very excited about hitting the streets with the MakerMobile.  Once the truck is fully equipped, the MakerMobile team plans to launch a Young Makers program.  This will give youth the opportunity to work on interdisciplinary Do It Youself projects, integrating arts, crafts, science, engineering and electronics.  The truck can also roll up to community events, such as farmers markets, and let children create projects using recycled components, electronics and art materials.

MakerMobile plans to build a world class teaching facility in the back of this truck, and they are looking for help from the community. Monetary donation are welcome, but they would also appreciate donations of tools and electronics that will furnish their teaching tool kit. LED lighting strips, hand tools, craft supplies and equipment are some of the items on their wish list, and you can see a list of other requests on their website here.

Got Craft? and Maker Faire Vancouver will be partnering again for the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire this coming June! Another mixer where you can find crafters, bakers, jewelery makers and see what the inventors are up to next.

When: Saturday, June 1st and Sunday, June 2nd, 2013 from 10-6pm.
Where: PNE forum building (corner of Hastings and Renfrew in Vancouver)
Participate: Complete a vendor application here

Contact the MakerMobile at team@makermobile.org

Written for Hello Vancity

Posted on May 1, 2013 .